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Week 9 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 9 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, OCT. 31
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Cincinnati at Miami 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nnssler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 03
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Minnesota at Dallas 1:00 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
New Orleans at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Tennessee at St. Louis 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Kansas City at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
San Diego at Washington 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Philadelphia at Oakland 4:05 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Tampa Bay at Seattle 4:05 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Baltimore at Cleveland 4:25 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Pittsburgh at New England 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Indianapolis at Houston 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 04
GAME TIME/SCORE TV Announcers
Chicago at Green Bay 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Arizona,Denver,Detroit,Jacksonville,N.Y. Giants,San Francisco

Sports Media Digest- October 29, 2013

Once Again SNF Beats World Series in Viewership

For the third time in four years Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC won the ratings and viewership war versus the World Series on Fox.

The final ratings numbers from Sunday give SNF and average rating of 9.8 compared to 9,4 for the World Series on Fox.  The Packers and Vikings on NBC averaged 16.9 million viewers while the Red Sox and Cardinals on Fox attracted 16.0 million viewers.

World Series Game Five Results in Slight Viewership Gains for Fox, Beats MNF

Fox Sports continues to see modest gains in viewership for the World Series.

Last night’s Game 5 registered a 8.9 rating with 14.4 million viewers, a 1% over Game 5 of the 2011 series, the last which lasted at least five games.

The World Series topped the ratings for Monday Night Football on ESPN, which registered a 6.7 rating and 10.7 million viewers.

Through five games, the 2013 World Series on Fox is averaging an 8.5/14 and 14.1 million viewers, +12% over last year’s World Series (7.6/12, 12.7 million viewers), and ranks as the highest-rated World Series since the New York Yankees met the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.

Jon Barry Replaces Jack Ramsey as Lead NBA Game Analyst on ESPN Radio

ESPN announced today that Jon Barry has reached a multi-year agreement to serve as the lead analyst for NBA on ESPN Radio along side play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro. Barry replaces Dr. Jack Ramsey, who stepped down from the job at the completion of last season.  The new team gets to work tonight as the NBA season opens with the Miami Heat hosting the Chicago Bulls.

“I am excited to expand my role with ESPN to include games on ESPN Radio.” said Barry. “I know I can’t fill the shoes of Dr. Jack Ramsay, but I will do my best to inform and entertain our listeners.”

“As we enter ESPN Radio’s 19th season as the exclusive national broadcaster of the NBA, adding Jon Barry, with his NBA knowledge and pedigree, only solidifies our commitment to producing the best play- by play-content.” said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president, ESPN Audio play-by-play and talent planning,  “The team of Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry will be very compelling.”

ESPN also announced that Mark Kestecher and P.J. Carlisimo will also work select NBA games for ESPN Radio this season.

Fox Continues to See Ratings Gains for World Series

Fox Sports continues to see ratings gains over last year for the 2013 World Series.

Last night’s Game 4, in which the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 4-2, delivered a 9.4 rating and a n audience of 16 million viewers, up 6% in rating and 3% in viewership over last year’s series clinching Game 4.

Through four games, the 2013 World Series on Fox is averaging an 8.4  rating and 14 million viewers, up 11% in rating and 10% in viewership over last year’s 7.6 rating nd 12.7 million viewers.

Fox Unveils Announcers for Big East Basketball

With Fox Sports’ foray into covering Big East college basketball beginning this season, the network today announced its slate of game announcers and analysts for the upcoming season. Big East action will be telecast on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.

As announced earlier this year Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery will make up the lead broadcast team.  Others calling play-by-play for Fox will be Justin Kutcher, Dick Stockton, Thom Brennaman, Brian Anderson, Eric Collins and Kevin Kugler.  Game analysts will include Jim Jackson, Stephen Bardo, Ron Thompson, Donny Marshall, Jim Spanarkel, Bob Wenzel, Gary Williams and Kevin O’Neill.

“We are very excited about this group of announcers,” said Fox Sports Executive Producer John Entz. “They come from a wide range of backgrounds and have an array of unique and interesting stories to tell. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the game, and we look forward to experiencing BIG EAST basketball with them.”

Big East action on Fox Sports 1 begins November 8th at 6:00p.m. ET as Providence hosts Boston College.  Along with 100 regular season Big East games Fox Sports also has exclusive coverage of the Big East Men’s Basketball Championship from Madison Square Garden on New York next March.

 

Fox Sees Viewership Increase for Game One of the World Series

Fox Sports announced today that Game One of the 2013 World Series earned an average rating of 8.6 and 14.4 million viewers, up 13% and 18% respectively over the 2012 Fall Classic.

More details from Fox Sports PR:

Last night’s game propelled the network to a first place finish in primetime television Wednesday night, averaging an 8.9/14 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. That marks FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched primetime broadcast of the season and the network’s most-watched primetime broadcast since January for American Idol.

Key demographics also saw impressive double-digit year-to-year increases for the World Series and won the night including Men 18-34 (+24%, 4.6 vs. 3.7), Men 18-49 (+17%, 5.4 vs. 4.6), Adults 18-34, (+16%, 3.6 vs. 3.1), Adults 18-49 (+17%, 4.2 vs. 3.6).

Last night’s game opened with a 7.8/13 which was 16% ahead of last year’s initial tune-in (6.7/11). Ratings peaked at a 9.6/15 with 16.3 million viewers at 9:30 PM ET, as the Red Sox built an insurmountable lead.

According to figures released by Nielsen SocialGuide, Twitter activity for last night’s World Series Game 1 also saw impressive increases over 2012. The game drew over 793,000 tweets (up +6% from 2012 World Series Game 1) from more than 360,000 unique authors (up 12%) and was the No. 1 social telecast of the night in all categories.

Boston led all markets with a 39.7/61, the highest mark for a Red Sox game since Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, followed by St. Louis’ 36.0/54.  Providence (34.6/52), Hartford (20.8/32), Fort Myers (11.9/19), Kansas City (11.1/18), Richmond (11.0/16), Memphis (10.4/15), Greensboro (10.3/15), and Cincinnati (10.1/16) round out the top ten markets for Wednesday night’s broadcast.

Week 8 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week eight NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

WEEK 8
THURSDAY, OCT. 24
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Carolina at Tampa Bay 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, OCT. 27
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
San Francisco at Jacksonville 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Cleveland at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle Dan Fouts
Miami at New England 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phill Simms
Buffalo at New Orleans 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Dallas at Detroit 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Darly Johnston, Tony Siragusa
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati 4:05 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Pittsburgh at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Rich Gannon
Atlanta at Arizona 4:25 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John L:ynch, Molly McGrath
Washington at Denver 4:25 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Green Bay at Minnesota 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, OCT. 28
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Seattle at St. Louis 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Baltimore,Chicago,Indianapolis,San Diego,Tennessee,Houston

Sports Media Weekly No. 169- Tom Hoffarth, LA Daily News

With Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I being avid Red Sox fans, we hope you can understand why we have an abbreviated version of Sports Media Weekly this week on the doorstep of game one of the World Series.

Our guest this week is Tom Hoffarth, sports media columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News.

We begin the show discussing this year’s Fall Classic, the last for Fox Sports analyst Tim McCarver.  The three of us acknowledge that McCarver may not be as sharp an analyst as he once was, but I, for one, applaud his long broadcasting career.

We next tap into Tom’s expertise in asking whether the Dodgers have taken some of the luster off the Lakers shine as being the most-favored professional team in southern California.

We resume our talk from a few weeks ago about the naming controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins by examining how much damage ESPN College Football Gameday analyst Lee Corso may have caused by appearing in war paint and native American dress in picking Florida State to beat Clemson last Saturday.

We conclude the show looking at the final pieces of ESPN’s NBA Countdown being put in place with the announcement that Sage Steele will serve as host of the Friday and Sunday editions of the show.

College Football on Fox Sports

Here is this week’s college football schedule, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of Fox Sports:

DATE

TIME (ET)

GAME NETWORK Play by Play Analyst Sideline
Saturday, Oct. 19

12:00 PM

TCU at #21 Oklahoma State FOX Gus Johnson Charles Davis Kristina Pink
Saturday, Oct. 19

12:00 PM

#16 Texas Tech at West Virginia FOX Sports 1 Justin Kutcher James Bates Brady Poppinga
Saturday, Oct. 19

12:00 PM

Southern Miss at East Carolina FSN Mark Followill Brian Baldinger JC Pearson
Saturday, Oct. 19

3:30 PM

Duke at Virginia FS South Wes Durham Brian Stann Jenn Hildreth
Saturday, Oct. 19

6:00 PM

Princeton at Brown FCS Eric Frede Steve DeOssie  
Saturday, Oct. 19

7:00 PM

Old Dominion at Pitt FS South Ron Thulin Ovie Mughelli Elizabeth Moreau
Saturday, Oct. 19

7:00 PM

Idaho State at Northern Arizona FS Arizona Mitch Stroham Kevin Stephen Reggie Eccleston
Saturday, Oct. 19

10:00 PM

Washington State at

#2 Oregon

FOX Sports 1 Craig Bolerjack Joey Harrington Ryan Nece

Week 7 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

THURSDAY, OCT. 17
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Seattle at Arizona 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, OCT. 20
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Chicago at Washington 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnson, Tony Siragusa
Dallas at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
New England at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierforf
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
St. Louis at Carolina 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Cincinnati at Detroit 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
San Diego at Jacksonville 1:00 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Stever Beuerlein
San Francisco at Tennessee 4:05 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Houston at Kansas City 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 4:25 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Cleveland at Green Bay 4:25 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Denver at Indianapolis 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, OCT. 21
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Minnesota at N.Y. Giants 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: New Orleans,Oakland

Sports Media Weekly No. 168- Paulsen, Sports Media Watch

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I have an abbreviated version of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken an I are joined this week by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch.

We begin the show by tapping into Paulsen’s vast knowledge of ratings numbers as we dissect the reported success to date of Fox and TBS during their coverage of Major League Baseball’s playoffs.

We do the same with the NFL, which, although still king of the hill in ratings, is seeing decreases in viewership on some networks thus far over 2012.  In our discussion we also bring up the report in the Wall Street Journal that the NFL may be looking at adding an additional Thursday Night game to the schedule.

We move on to the changes ESPN has been making to the NBA Countdown crew, led by the departure last week of Magic Johnson.

We wrap the show by looking at how ESPN and Turner have been trying to get out of telecasting NASCAR in 2014, the last year of its contract before NBC and Fox take over the rights exclusively in 2015.